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The city of Guanajuato, founded in the 16th century, is the capital of the state with the same name and it is one of the most important colonial cities in Latin America. The city was declared as Unesco World Heritage Site in 1988.

Guanajuato astonishes the visitor with the charm of its relaxed atmosphere, its labyrinthine cobblestone callejones (alleyways), picturesque squares and underground streets. While being a small provincial town, Guanajuato has a number of attractions, from beautiful colonial buildings to modern museums, from the mines to the typical food.

This city is located about 350 km (220 miles) northwest of Mexico City and its altitude of 2012 meters (6601 feet) above sea level, ensures that the weather is always nice. The rainy season goes from June to September, which usually means a shower late afternoon. Specifically, during the month of June, the average minimum and maximum daily temperatures are 13° C and 27 ° C (55° F and 81 ° F) with possible light rain.


The most convenient airport to arrive if you are traveling from abroad is the Guanajuato International Airport (BJX).  This airport is just a thirty-minute drive from
Guanajuato city and it handles domestic flights from Mexico City, Monterrey and Tijuana, and international flights from Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles.  

As some services still cannot be paid in bank or credit card, we advise you to change some money in local currency at the airport.



The easiest way to get from the airport to the town is by taxi. The system is controlled and the fare must be paid inside the airport. Just down the hall from the arrival area, you will find a booth selling tickets.  Ask for a ticket to "Guanajuato / La Valenciana" if you are going directly to CIMAT. The taxi ride takes about an hour and costs approximately 600 pesos.


If you are not connecting to Guanajuato airport, once you have passed through customs, go to any of the taxi ticket booths located in the Arrivals area and ask for a ticket to the Terminal Central del Norte. Make sure you specify del Norte, as there are several bus terminals in Mexico City – one for every point of the compass. Once there, follow the instructions on how to get to CIMAT by bus.


You can reach Guanajuato by bus from Mexico City from the Central del Norte terminal. Service is offered by the Primera Plus Line (more frequent, more direct services) and the ETN line (more comfortable).

Once you arrive at the Guanajuato bus terminal, you can take a taxi to CIMAT or "La Valenciana" from right outside the bus terminal. The taxi ride takes approximately 25 minutes and should cost around 85 pesos.

We advise you, for safety and convenience, to conduct all land transportation during daylight hours.